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The Dancing Princesses
A musical in one act for young audiences
Book by Allyson Currin
Music and Lyrics by Chris Youstra
Winner, DC Theatre Scene's Audience Choice Pick for Best Family Show
3 men, 3 women
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Commissioned and developed by
Imagination Stage in Bethesda, MD. Slated for world
premiere at Imagination Stage in 2009-10 season.
Based on the Grimms’ tale “The Twelve Dancing Princesses.”
The Land, dancing away in the Roaring Twenties, is ruled by the
good King Horace, with his beautiful Queen Alice, and his lovely
daughters Lena and Lara at his side. But after Queen Alice’s
sudden death, the King plunges The Land into The Depression, forbidding
the citizens from dancing. As Lena and Lara struggle with their
father’s irrational decree, they find themselves slipping
away to a secret castle where they may embrace the beauty and joy
of dance, healing their own grief...and maybe their father’s,
too. Sample dialogue:
Joe, intrepid reporter, is interviewing the King,
who is, as always, in bed.
I don’t tell you what to print in your left-wing rag. Don’t
tell me how to run my country!
But you’ve got to pay attention to the voice of the worker!
The grumblings are getting louder...
Lt. Ike runs into the room.
Who authorized you, Joe? No one speaks to the King without going
through me first!
Oh, gee, sorry, right, forgot –
There are protocols! Sir, are you alright? You didn’t say
anything too –
Say anything too...what?
I want him out. I need rest. I need my pillow fluffed. I’m
Yes, sir! Of course, sir!
And where is my Bear-Bear? I can’t sleep without my Bear-Bear.
I will retrieve Bear-Bear from the vault immediately, your highness.
The light is so bright during the day...